Bush 41's legacy includes decisive military action
by Jim Garamone,
Department of Defense Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- His background was a little different than most who join the military at the age of 18, but his warmth, love of country and drive to serve made him a leader respected up and down his chains of command.
Service members who worked with former President George H.W. Bush, first as Ronald Reagan's vice president and, later, during his presidential term, spoke of the way he remembered their names and would ask about their families. They were loyal to him and he was loyal right back.
Bush himself said it best in his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 1989: “We are not the sum of our possessions. They are not the measure of our lives. In our hearts we know what matters. We cannot hope only to leave our children a bigger car, a bigger bank account. We must hope to give them a sense of what it means to be a loyal friend, a loving parent, a citizen who leaves his home, his neighborhood and town better than he found it.
“What do we want the men and women who work with us to say when we are no longer there? That we were more driven to succeed than anyone around us? Or that we stopped to ask if a sick child had gotten better, and stayed a moment there to trade a word of friendship?”
Bush, who died Nov. 30 at age 94, was born June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts. He graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, on his 18th birthday in 1942 and immediately joined the Navy. With World War II raging, Bush earned his wings in June 1943. He was the youngest pilot in the Navy at that time.
NAVFAC EXWC 2019 Civilian Engineer of the Year
by Sarah MacMillan
PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities (NAVFAC) Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Command (EXWC) has announced its selection for the 2019 Civilian Engineer of the Year Award.
Tami Relph, environmental sustainability lead at NAVFAC EXWC, was selected as Civilian Engineer of the Year for her leadership capabilities and dedication to the U.S. Navy’s Environmental Security Program and the NAVFAC enterprise.
“This award recognizes a talented and dedicated engineer who has provided significant contributions to the environmental security program through professional excellence and dedication to service,” said Captain Michael Saum, EXWC commanding officer.
Award recipients were evaluated in the areas of engineering achievements, civic and humanitarian activities, professional registration, continuing education, and professional and technical society involvement.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be named NAVFAC EXWC’s Civilian Engineer of the Year,” said Relph. “The Navy has provided countless opportunities that have enabled the development of my professional skillset, which has largely attributed to my success.”
New Surface Warfare Watchstander Proficiency Requirements
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NEX gives back to students with its A-OK Student Reward Program
by Kristine M. Sturkie, Navy Exchange Service Command Public Affairs
Virginia Beach, VA (NNS) -- The Navy Exchange Service Command’s (NEXCOM) A-OK Student Reward Program offers all qualified students to participate in a quarterly drawing for monetary awards of $2,500, $1,500, $1,000 or $500 for a total of $5,500 per quarter. The next drawing will be at the end of December 2018.
Any eligible full-time student that has a B-grade point average equivalent or better, as determined by their school system, may enter the drawing. Homeschooled students can also qualify with acknowledgement that the student has a “B” average or equivalent record of accomplishment.
Eligible students include dependent children of active duty members, reservists and military retirees as well as U.S. civilian Department of Defense employees stationed outside the continental United States and U.S. civilian employees of firms under contract to the Department of Defense outside the continental United States. Students must be enrolled in 1st through 12th grade. Dependent children without an individual Dependent Identification Card must be accompanied by their sponsor to submit their entry. Each student may enter only once each grading period and must re-enter with each qualifying report card.
To enter the drawing, stop by any NEX with a current report card or progress report and have a NEX associate verify the eligibility. Then fill out an entry card and obtain an A-OK ID which entitles the student to discount coupons for NEX products and services.
NEXCOM has been offering students a chance to help pay for college through its A-OK Student Reward Program since 1997. Since the program’s inception, NEXCOM has awarded $$738,500 in savings bonds and monetary awards to students with the help of its generous vendor partners.
Family PCS travel flexibility
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy has expanded the eligible categories for advanced dependent travel (ADT) and delayed dependent travel (DDT), personnel officials announced in September.
For permanent change of station (PCS) moves within the 50 states, the policy allows for dependent travel of up to six months before or after the sponsoring Sailor’s PCS move in the following situations: spousal employment or education, dependents in elementary or secondary school (K-12), dependent enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program, or caring for an immediate family member with a chronic or long-term illness. The previous approved policy that allowed DDT for the length of the school year is unchanged by this expansion.
For moves from the 50 states to overseas locations, only DDT will be authorized. For moves from overseas locations to the 50 states, only ADT will be authorized.
Sailors will only receive one housing allowance, either for their location or their dependent’s location, under delayed or advance travel. Sailors or dependents may be assigned government quarters if available, but may not displace a member or dependent in government housing.
Requests for DDT or ADT must be submitted to Navy Personnel Command (PERS-451).
For information and answers to questions on this policy, email NXAG_N130C@navy.mil.
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GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- The future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), the second Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer, departed Naval Station Guantanamo Bay after completing a port visit Nov. 19-21.
“I have been coming to Naval Base Guantanamo for nearly three decades and I've always been impressed with the level of commitment and service of the Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, and Guardsmen here,” said Capt. Scott Smith, commanding officer of Michael Monsoor. “It's only in later years that I've come to appreciate the logistical and strategic importance of our oldest overseas base. This is a maritime forward operating location that serves the joint force and partner nations well and I am pleased that we could be part of its rich history.”
While inport, Michael Monsoor utilized the base’s gun range by holding an M500 gunshoot, took advantage of the many Morale, Welfare, and Recreation facilities, and facilitated key leader engagement by providing tours for area leadership. Capt. John Fischer, Commander, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Command Master Chief Nicholas Messina, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay visited the ship while pierside and joined Capt. Smith and Michael Monsoor’s Command Master Chief, Master Chief Petty Officer Patrick A. Tummins, on air at American Forces Network (AFN) Guantanamo Bay, the radio station on base, the following day.
The ship is named for Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor. Monsoor was a Navy SEAL who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Ramadi, Iraq, Sept. 29, 2006, when, to save the lives of those around him, he threw himself onto a grenade that had been lobbed onto the rooftop where he was positioned.
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Michael Monsoor is currently transiting to San Diego, and, upon arrival, will begin a combat availability and then undergo a combat test period. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned into the Navy Jan. 26, 2019, in Coronado, Calif.
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Deploying? Service members invited to record stories for family at San Diego USO
United Through Reading® is a program helping ease the stress of separation for military families by having deploying or deployed service members read children’s books aloud via DVD for their family to watch at home. This powerful program is available to all military units. It provides service members a chance to make lasting connections from afar. The DVD recording and the book are mailed to the child and family back home.
Service members who are leaving for training can also take part in this program. Being a parent is not required; service members can send the DVD & book(s) to any special child in their life such as younger sister or brother, niece, nephew or godchild.
On the day of the recording, service members are encouraged to dress in the attire they will be wearing while deployed/training, but this is not required. The room is private, so any special message, or those fun reading voices, will only be heard by the recipient of the DVD recording. USO San Diego has books available, or service members can bring their own. Our volunteers will help set up the camera and then leave the room. The DVD can hold a 30 minute recording.
Please e-mail USO San Diego Staff Member Nichole Duarte at email@example.com to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.